April 04, 2022 4 min read
It’s a big week for the Arsenal, who have two winnable games as they chase down Chelsea in the quest for third place. They were helped massively by Brentford who beat their foes 4-1 on Saturday.
Arsenal have resurrected their season, where they have not been involved in European football. After losing their first three league games, they have won 17, drawn 3 and lost 5 of the next 25. One of those draws came when they hosted Crystal Palace in October, where they needed an injury-time equaliser from Alexandre Lacazette. The man who scored their first goal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has moved to Barcelona having fallen out with his manager, who told fans to ‘trust the process’.
Palace fans, meanwhile, should have a look at the drinks on offer on the site with which to toast a fine season under the command of former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira. Even without that soap opera, with Mikel Arteta also a former owner of that armband, there is much to enjoy on the pitch. Left-back Tyrick Mitchell became a full England international last week, joining Connor Gallagher in consideration for the winter World Cup. Floppy-haired creative midfielder Gallagher is biding his time at Palace before he inevitably slots into the midfield of his parent club Chelsea, following the well-trodden path of other Blues youngsters like Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount.
After they travel to Selhurst Park on Monday night, Arsenal welcome Brighton & Hove Albion, who also held them to a draw in October (the third of those draws, by the way, was against Burnley). The Seagulls are flying in their attempts to consolidate their position as one of the Premier League’s mid-tier sides: Tariq Lamptey and Marc Cucurella have been key cogs at wing-back, while the experience of England internationals Lewis Dunk, Danny Welbeck and Adam Lallana can only help younger pros like Alexis MacAllister. Last weekend, Brighton hosted the whipping boys of the Premier League, Norwich City, but only came away with a point after Neal Maupay missed a penalty.
There is a drink for all three clubs if you have a gander at the Bohemian Brands drinks shelf: there’s a crystal vodka for Brighton fans available here and there are gins and vodkas available for both Palace and Arsenal fans in branded bottles. We ought to call tonight’s game the Bohemian Derby!
Also in the Premier League this week there’s a relegation six-pointer at Vicarage Road. Both Watford and Leeds United end the season with different managers from those who began it: Roy Hodgson replaced poor Claudio Ranieri in January (who had replaced Xisco Muñoz in the autumn), while Marcelo Bielsa’s time on the bucket ended a few weeks ago. American gaffer Jesse Marsch has been entrusted to keep the Whites up with a small injury-hit squad. At Elland Road last October, a Diego Llorente goal gave Leeds a valuable three points in a mini-league at the bottom.
Although a fine run of results may come too late in the day for Norwich City, Everton and Burnley have played three fewer games than Leeds and two fewer than Watford. Whether fans want to drown their sorrows or delight in victories, there are a couple of different bottles of vodka with a Watford crest upon them, or a vodka and a gin for Leeds fans who are marching (Marsching?) on to possible survival.
On the site this Wednesday, there will be a piece which previews the game between Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City, which is the pick of the Championship fixtures this weekend. In League One, Oxford United play Sunderland in another Bohemian Derby, with drinks available as gifts for both sets of fans.
Both sides are in with a chance of promotion, probably via the play-off places; there are only six games left to secure them. Sunderland gained an advantage with a 1-0 win over Gillingham who failed to have a shot on target and only had 20% of possession. Justice prevailed as Nathan Broadhead scored with their 25th attempt in the 95th minute, by. Oxford lost 1-0 at Plymouth, who scored with their only shot on target.
The game between the two sides in December at the Stadium of Light finished 1-1. In the return fixture, look out for Oxford midfielder Marcus McGuane, who famously signed for Barcelona B from Arsenal in 2018 but signed permanently for his latest club after a successful loan move last season. An option from the start or more likely off the bench for Sunderland should be Patrick Roberts, whose long association with Manchester City finally ended in January when he signed a short deal with the Mackems.
If Sunderland don’t go up, it will be nigh on impossible for them to keep hold of the league’s top scorer Ross Stewart, who averages about a goal every other game in his first season in English football. Fans of both clubs can buy a branded bottle of flavoured vodka in club colours should they so wish, with a Strawberry Rhubarb one for Sunderland fans and a Pineapple flavour one for the Us